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Jakarta to provide accessible facilities for people with vision disabilities

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said that the city administration would provide facilities for people with vision disabilities in the city. “People with vision Continue reading the story...

W3C Invites Implementations of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0

The Timed Text Working Group invites implementation of the Candidate Recommendation of TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.0 (IMSC1). This document specifies two profiles Continue reading the story...

UCT Students with Disabilities Demand Access

Students with disabilities gathered at the University of Cape Town (UCT) to speak about the difficulties of operating in an environment built primarily for abled students. Continue reading the story...

12th Annual American Indian Disability Summit

A summit in Arizona in March promises to deliver an educational and memorable experience that will inspire and celebrate the power and spirit of resilience among Continue reading the story...

Grant Enables Study of Wearable Robots to Improve Mobility

WEST ORANGE, NJ: A joint team from Kessler Foundation and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is developing new applications for wearable robotic exoskeleton devices Continue reading the story...

NEIT to Offer Bachelor Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences

EAST GREENWICH, RI: Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university will offer a Continue reading the story...

Persons with disabilities demand own ministry in Zimbabwe

MARONDERA,ZIMBABWE: Persons with disabilities demanded a separate ministry that will cater for their own specific needs like in the case of the war veterans. Members of the Continue reading the story...

Minister launches Job Portal for persons with disabilities

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot launched an exclusive job portal for Persons with Disabilities here today. Persons with Continue reading the story...

Disability welfare to become 2016 election issue in Ghana

VOICE-Ghana, a disability interest think-tank based in Ho in the Volta Region, says it would make disability issues an important topic to be discussed in the Continue reading the story...

Students designers make spaces, products more accessible

From a wheelchair accessible home bathroom to computer equipment that’s easier on arthritic hands, student innovators from across California designed products and spaces to better serve Continue reading the story...

Doordarshan urged to telecast Republic Day for people with hearing disabilities

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has requested TV Channels telecasting live the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi to carry the signals Continue reading the story...

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund Announces Project Grants

OTTAWA: The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund (the Fund) announced that it will award $723,500 in grants to seven innovative projects designed to advance accessibility to broadcasting content Continue reading the story...

Accessible bus flagged off at JNU today

NEW DELHI: To provide barrier-free environment to students with disabilities, a wheelchair accessible bus was flagged off at Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University (JNU) today with much Continue reading the story...

Turkish theater offers technical support for people with hearing, vision disabilities

The Ankara State Theater and the Vocal Description Association will perform Jordi Galceran’s play “The Method” with support for people with hearing, vision disabilities as part Continue reading the story...

IBM People with Disabilities Award

W4A announces the IBM People with Disabilities Student Award. The award will reimburse the attendance costs for several students with disabilities and will introduce them to Continue reading the story...

Web-for-All Conference Offers Student Scholarships

The 2016 International Web for All (W4A’16) conference, dedicated to making web, mobile, and wearable devices accessible for all, will take place in Montreal, Canada on Continue reading the story...

Call for Doctoral Consortium

W4A announces the W4A Doctoral Student Consortium funded by Google Student Award. Up to 6 PhD students will be invited to participate in a special session Continue reading the story...

Researchers Develop Prototype Braille Tablet

Researchers at the University of Michigan unveiled a new prototype Braille tablet that makes it possible for people who are blind or have low vision to Continue reading the story...

Database aims to boost employment for people with autism

HALIFAX, NS: Autism Nova Scotia has launched a new database, in partnership with Ready, Willing and Able, to help job-seekers with autism find employment opportunities. The goal Continue reading the story...

Plans approved to build walkways for people with vision disabilities

JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, has approved a plan to build a walkway for people with vision disabilities, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Continue reading the story...

Indian state to set up centers for people with disabilities in all districts

MANGALURU, INDIA: State Commissioner for Persons With Disabilities K S Rajanna said that the government has sanctioned Rs 2 crore each to construct ‘Vikala Chethana Bhavana’ Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Reaches Landmark Settlement Agreement with State of Oregon Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act

In a Dec. 29, 2015, order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon approved a settlement agreement between the Justice Department, a class of Continue reading the story...

Singapore launches talking ATMs for people with vision disabilities

SINGAPORE: In the past, Mr Danny Chia, who is low vision, had to be accompanied by a friend to help him out with basic transactions, such Continue reading the story...

Design contest for low-cost cycle for people with disabilities launched in Pakistan

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: Pakistan is estimated to have more than 18 million people with disabilities, a figure that is nearly the population of Karachi, one of the Continue reading the story...

Interactive robot to promote rehabilitation for children with disabilities

NAO, a humanoid robot described by his creators as a “little character with a unique combination of hardware and software,” can read your moods, recognize your Continue reading the story...

Dubai beaches made accessible for persons with disabilities

DUBAI: New ramps have been set up in Dubai beaches, providing easy access to the beach side for persons with disabilities, older people and parents with Continue reading the story...

Grand Rapids YMCA first building to adopt universal design standards

Advances in science and medicine are making it easier for people of all ages and abilities to get around. But how do you design a new Continue reading the story...

Chicago Transit Authority Announces Next Step Making Rail System 100% Accessible

As part of Mayor Emanuel’s ongoing commitment to improve accessibility throughout the City of Chicago, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced on January 7, a new Continue reading the story...

People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds

CHAMPAIGN, Ill.: Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies Continue reading the story...

MUB calls for wide use of Braille in Malawi

Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) has asked the government to encourage the wide use of the braille technique that is used to assist people who Continue reading the story...

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Kent State University over Discrimination in Student Housing

The Justice Department announced that Kent State University (KSU) has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the university had maintained Continue reading the story...

People with vision disabilities call for prioritization of screen reading software

UGANDA: People with vision disabilities have asked government to prioritize the procurement of Jose screen reading software to allow people with vision disabilities use computers. Jose screen Continue reading the story...

First Public Working Draft: Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group has published a First Public Working Draft of Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Extensions. This document describes the requirements that Continue reading the story...

Students with vision disabilities face shortage of braille books, reading assistants

BERHAMPUR, INDIA: Even as the country observed ‘World Braille Day’ on January 4, students with vision disabilities pursuing higher studies in the state rued a lack Continue reading the story...

Researchers find way to improve image sharpness for people with vision disabilities

Retinal implants that deliver longer pulses of electrical current may noticeably improve image sharpness for individuals who have lost their sight due to retinitis pigmentosa, according Continue reading the story...

Law books released in Braille

DUBAI: Dubai Police Academy has released seven law books to Braille to encourage reading by people who are blind, officials said on Monday. The newly-published Braille books Continue reading the story...

NGO urges inclusion of people with disabilities in Nigeria

NIGERIA: A non-governmental organization, Walk Beyond Freedom From Restraint Initiative, has called on government, civil society and the global community to provide laws and policies which Continue reading the story...

All India Radio creates history with Braille news bulletin

PUNE, INDIA: The All India Radio in Pune created history on Monday when its morning bulletin was read out by a newsreader with vision disability, officials Continue reading the story...

Dubai Airports to have counters for persons with disabilities

DUBAI: The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) is considered the first in the Middle East to offer services for persons with disabilities at Continue reading the story...

Device helps people with vision disabilities see sound

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers have discovered that intrinsic neural connections—called crossmodal mappings—can be used by assistive devices to help people who are blind or Continue reading the story...
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